Hundreds of loyalists of Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun and his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, defected to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday ahead of the 2023 general election.
They were appointed by the President of the State, Hon. Sikirullahi Ogundele, with the assurance that they would be accommodated within all obstacles in the herd.
The defectors left the All Progressives Congress (APC) and expressed support for the PDP’s governor candidate, Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu.
The decamped were led by the former Deputy Speaker of the State House of Representatives, Hon. Tola Banjo of Amosun’s group; Saka Ahmed from the Osoba group and Yinka Asaye from Abiodun’s group.
Other decamped include LP’s governor candidate in the 2019 elections, Modupe Sanyaolu, and former councilors under the Amosun-led government between 2016 – 2019.
Ogundele handed the party’s flag to the decamped, the party described the storm of defection as symbolic, historic and a partnership that PDP would bring to Oke Mosan in 2023.
He urged members of the party to ensure the party’s victory in the elections for all its candidates.
The governor’s candidate said the current administration has let the people of the state down, partly because of insecurity, inadequate infrastructure and lack of quality health care.
He assured the decampees of honesty, saying: “Everyone has equal rights in this party and our Permanent Voters Card (PVC) is our path to freedom”.
“We all know that the governance in Ogun state is not going well. Don’t be fooled by this government, we’re going to give them the Osun treatment,” Adebutu said.
In his comments, the party’s deputy governor candidate, Hon. Abdulkadir Akinlade said that PDP will not only defeat APC in 2023 but also send the party into early retirement.
Akinlade said: “There’s a lot going on in the state right now, what they call a transfer window in the EPL, but don’t worry about their (APC) moves, they’re only recruiting expired politicians for their party.
“We’re not going to wrestle them (APC), we’re going to beat them and make sure we relegate them in 2023.”
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